GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE: GJM to place MoU on interim council at tripartite meeting – too difficult for Bengal to digest even after 63 years of corrupt apathy and neglect ?!!
Darjeeling, Nov 11 (PTI): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has said it will place a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the interim council, which will replace the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council at the tripartite meeting to be held here.
GJM president Bimal Gurung said a list of 55 persons who will run the affairs of the interim council will also be placed at the 11th tripartite meeting with the Centre and West Bengal government to be held later this month or in December.
Admitting that the GJM has been unable to achieve its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland carved out from West Bengal in the present political scenario, Gurung told a rally here yesterday, “with the establishment of the interim council we will be administratively separate from West Bengal.”
After establishment of the interim council, the GJM will demand between Rs 1500 crore and 2000 crore annually from the Centre for development of the hills for a two-year tenure.
He pointed out that the DGHC received only Rs 22 crore annually from the Centre.
A demand would also be placed to make casual employees of the DGHC who were in group C and D categories permanent, Gurung said.
GJM Assistant Secretary Benoy Tamang said GJM would hold rallies in the hills and plains beginning November 14 to demand inclusion of Terai in Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district and Dooars in neighbouring Jalpaiguri district in the interim council.
The writ of the current DGHC, which runs the administration in the hills, extends only to the Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong subdivisons in Darjeeling district.
The fourth subdivision, Siliguri, which is in the plains, does not fall under the jurisdiction of the DGHC.
The GJM has demanded its inclusion along with contiguous areas in the interim setup.
GJM hopes to wind up interim set-up issue during next talks – while Bengal or the Centre wants to drag it on and on ?!!
From The Times of India
DARJEELING, Nov 11, 2010, 01.10am IST (TNN): Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung claimed on Wednesday that the agreement for the interim set-up proposed for the Hills would be signed during the next political-level talks in Delhi.
Addressing the members of various communities in Darjeeling on Wednesday, the GJM leader said: “The last round of talks held early this month was a precursor and the final agreement to implement the interim set-up will be signed during the next political-level talks.”
Explaining the necessity for an interim arrangement, Gurung said: “Both the union and state governments understand the strategic importance of Darjeeling. Another factor is that no party in Bengal is stable at the moment and our demands can only be taken up after the assembly elections. An interim set-up is the only alternative in the present situation”.
Dwelling on the contentious issue of including the Terai and Dooars in the new arrangement, Gurung pointed out that a high-power committee comprising members of the central and state governments and the GJM would be formed to verify the ground realities. The committee would submit its report by May 2011.
“I told the Union home ministry in the last meeting to form a high-power committee to identify and verify the Gorkha-dominated areas of the Terai and Dooars that we are demanding,” he said.
To keep pressure on the Centre to include the plains and implement the interim set-up by December, GJM also announced a series of rallies and meetings in the Hills and plains from November 14-20, as part of its pre-announced programme.